Early Autumn 2012 at Petit Jean State Park


After a long, hot, dry summer at Petit Jean State Park, the fall season is finally in sight.  We look forward to cooler, wetter days and some great special events coming up.  Our CCC Hike and Bike Trail is now asphalt-paved and ready for smooth autumn riding – even for bicycles with thin tires!  To find out more about early fall at Petit Jean, please keep reading.


Great Arkansas Cleanup – September 22nd


On September 22nd, bring friends, family or your favorite group of people out to Petit Jean State Park to take part in the Great Arkansas Cleanup.  We will register people for the event from 8:00 am through 10:00 am on Saturday morning at Pavilion A.  Once registered, participants will go to an assigned area of the park to help pick up litter and keep the park a beautiful place.  Once the Cleanup is done, we will have a cookout lunch at Pavilion A for participants – hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, along with a group photo and some door prizes to be given away.  Please join us and make it a fun day of keeping Petit Jean State Park magnificent and litter-free.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 501-727-5441, or visit the park’s website at http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com .


The Senior American Special, October 16th – 18th


Each year, Petit Jean State Park invites a leisure audience, as well as the general public, to a three-day special event featuring scheduled, entertaining programs, short hikes and fun activities amid the scenic beauty of this special place.  The event is called the Senior American Special and will kick off on Tuesday, October 16th with registration and refreshments provided by the Petit Jean Extension Homemakers Club at historic Mather Lodge at 2:00 pm.  On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, the park interpreters will present “Another Senior Spectacular Welcome” in the Rec Hall, getting participants reacquainted with friends from past years, meeting first time visitors and taking part in some fun activities to help “break the ice.”  The following Wednesday and Thursday will be filled with scheduled programs ending with a dinner at Mather Lodge and an evening concert at the Rec Hall. This event is free and open to the public.  There will be a charge for the Thursday evening dinner.  Dinner tickets will be available at Mather Lodge during the week of the event.  Call 501-727-6514 for more information.  Please join us for these fun filled days in the fall at Petit Jean.  For more information, please call 501-727-5441, or visit the park’s website at http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com .


Halloween Season Fun, Harvest Costume Dance October 27th


Celebrate Halloween at Petit Jean State Park this year by coming to the “Halloween Harvest Costume Dance,” beginning at 6:00 pm at the park’s Rec Hall.  This special event is family-friendly, and people of all ages are invited to attend.  There will be a folk music band providing music for the dance, games in the surrounding area for young folks, and refreshments served.  As the date nears, watch the park’s online program schedule for more details. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 501-727-5441. Put on your best costume and come out and join us!

Petit Jean State Park’s “CCC Hike and Bike Trail” is Now a Smooth Asphalt Ribbon

As of August, 2012, the CCC Hike and Bike Trail, extending from the park’s camp areas to historic Mather Lodge, is paved.  The project was financed through an Alternative Transportation grant from the Arkansas Highway Department, and the construction was completed by Crow Paving, Inc. of Morrilton, Arkansas.  The renovated trail is 10 feet across with 2 feet shoulders of gravel or, in the historic CCC field, grass sod.  The CCC Hike and Bike Trail was designed to offer a safe and scenic alternative to using Highway 154 for traveling to and from Mather Lodge for walkers and bicyclists.  Park visitors who bike the trail should remember to travel at safe speeds and offer right of way to slower traffic and pedestrians.  The trail motto is “Please Use Good Trail Manners.”  It’s a great walking and biking trail.  Please come and see for yourself! 

Remember to Make Reservations Early

With each passing year, Petit Jean State Park becomes a busier place.  Park reservations may be made a year in advance.  To get that campsite, lodge room or cabin you want, please remember to make reservations as soon as possible.  Reservations may be made online at http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com or by calling 501-727-5441 (for campsites) or 501-727-5431 (for lodge rooms or cabins).  You may also call toll-free for lodge and cabin reservations only at 1-800-264-2462.  To email the park, use this address: petitjean@arkansas.com .

Restaurant and Visitor Center Hours

Mather Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.  The Mather Lodge Restaurant hours are 7:00 am through 8:00 pm daily.  The visitor center is open from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 am through 7:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  In November, and through winter, Friday and Saturday closing times become 5:00 pm.

To find out more about Arkansas State Parks, visit our website at www.arkansasstateparks.com .  Please come to Petit Jean State park for special events, weekend programs, to dine at the Mather Lodge Restaurant, to take a peaceful walk along the park’s 20-plus miles of hiking trails, or to have a picnic lunch in the free day-use picnic area.  Early autumn will be great here at Petit Jean State Park.




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